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An article in 2/13 Bon Appetit so crazy I thought it was a joke!!!

Reading through the latest Bon Appetit this morning I came across an interview with interior designer Kelly Wearstler. The more I read, the more annoyed and disturbed I became.

The magazine chose to interview someone who doesn't eat solid food during the day and finds her energy by 'juicing'. She fuels up with 'alkaline water with cayenne extract' and water with 'drops of plankton'!!! She won't drink pineapple or orange juice - too much sugar yet she starts EVERY morning with a bootcamp workout that she reports, burns 800 calories.

So wrong on so many levels. What is most disturbing is that the magazine chose to showcase someone who exhibits the traits of a person with a eating disorder. Really, in a food lover's magazine? I am dying to try her recipe for alkaline water. Yum. Clearly this was a mistake and meant for the April Fool's edition.

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  1. Such a regimen is bound to be self-limiting.

    1. I literally just read that in Bon Appetit and immediately came to chowhound to see if anyone was talking about it. The minute I saw the title of your post, I knew it was about the same article.

      Just totally strange and off-putting, the whole tone of the interview is weird. For the last question BA asks what she likes to wear to bed (why?!?), giving her the perfect opportunity to describe the small robe and Cosabella thong she likes to wear! Too much information for Cosmo, why am I reading this in a food magazine?

      Felt like I was taking crazy pills, glad I'm not the only one who thought it was weird.

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      1. re: mjhals

        Has BA started featuring perfume scent strips?

        1. re: Jay F

          A long time go, not so much lately. I used to have to tear them out and let the magazine air out before I could read it.

          1. re: BeefeaterRocks

            Me too BRocks - I'm allergic to perfume!

            1. re: Jeanne

              a friend of mine calls that deboning the magazine. Cracks me up. But I'm with you -- allergies and perfume ads are not a good combination.

              Now...for a cooking magazine? Give me a strip that smells like wine...or mushrooms...or fresh herbs....

      2. Someone else beat you with this complaint :)

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8841...

        Sounds like this would fit in their 'My morning routine' online section

        http://www.bonappetit.com/ideas/my-mo...

        1. mjhais- Agreed. What else is even more bizarre about the PJ's comment is she says, 'my husband is like, 'Ooooh." and I'm like "Sorrrrry.'. So what (and I really shouldn't care) is she trying to say here!!??? Also weird/sad that when BA asks if she cooks or bakes she says she's 'not the bake sale type but once in a while will make challah French toast for her sons'. Meaning she probably wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.

          paulj- Didn't see it buried in there.

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          1. re: SoupRQT

            There is a whole lotta wrong crammed into ten or so questions.

          2. I read it today, too, and had the same reaction. I found it an odd choice, and, at the very least, ironic that it was in the "Pasta!" issue.

            1. I read this too and thought, this woman must have the worst diarrhea.

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              1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who found this interview disturbing. Why would they publish this? She has a glorified eating disorder and the fact BA would share it with the rest of the world is perpetuating the problem.
                They should interview people that actually eat food...

                1. Thank you for posting this! I just finished reading that interview and my mouth is still agape. Like you, I questioned why a publication that is all about food would feature someone who clearly doesn't eat much of it and seems to even have a disdain for it. Her daily 'treat' seems to be a double dry nonfat macchiato. And her comment about not being a bake sale mom type? Pompous and pretentious.

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                  1. re: zencoconut

                    I'm reminded now why when Gourmet was canceled and I was offered BA as a replacement, I refused.

                    1. re: Ariadanz

                      Wish I'd had that option. I asked MIL to substitute Martha Stewart magazine but she forgot and i didn't want to keep bringing it up. So to speak.

                  2. I am so glad you wrote about this. I was thinking the exact same thing. I couldn't understand why they would feature her. She obviously doesn't like food and may even have some kind of exercise or eating disorder. She comes across as obsessive and having an aversion to food in general. Drinking your diet is not good for you. The entire tone of the article was off. It was disturbing from her morning routine to the time she goes to bed and avoids her husband, because she's too tired and underfed.

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                    1. re: sloaim

                      What this article show is that it's not only Wearstler who has an eating disorder, it's Bon Appetit! How the hell can they pretend to like or care about food when they run something this off-the-charts insane. Conde Nast made a monster of a mistake when it closed Gourmet and kept BA, and then they made it worse when they staffed up Bon Appetit with fashion magazine people.

                      1. re: andaba

                        You have just echoed my opinion and said it so beautifully.

                    2. Full disclosure: I watch real housewives shows. for me, it's trainwreck television at its best, and i find the beverly hills contingent particularly enjoyable. watching last week's yolanda and kyle discussing her cleanse, and grilling alcoholic kim as to her unwillingness to join them on a ten day liquid-only diet of water, cayenne pepper, lemon, and maple syrup (really?!!) inspired the same eye-rolling that the bon apetit article did. wrong on so many levels. and yet, for this plebian living a far-from-beverly hills life, so enjoyable to watch from afar.

                      sorry if this post rambled.

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                      1. re: ahuva

                        That cleanse was popular back in the 70's. A friend's Mom actually died of a heart attack that the doc attributed to it.
                        I used to really enjoy BA. Not one issue came out that didn't have at least one thing that I wanted to make right away. It's been going downhill for a couple years now, which is really sad.

                        1. re: ahuva

                          the maple syrup cleanse has enjoyed a certain popularity here in the oughties.

                          my feeling is, don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

                          1. re: linus

                            My sister has done it, multiple times. She does it to drop weight. It works until she starts eating again.

                            Calling it a "cleanse" is a trickery, it's fasting or an intentional denial of calories.

                            1. re: fame da lupo

                              I never get the "cleanse" thing. For me, it's called preparing for a colonoscopy. A container of Miralax poured into a gallon of Gator Aid will accomplish the cleanse people desire.

                              1. re: roxlet

                                And preparing for a such a procedure is the only value of a "cleanse," as far as I can see. People are not batteries. We have enzymes to break down the nasties we ingest and an efficient elimination system to get rid of them. If a cleanse makes a person feel good, well, more power to him, but it won't make that person any healthier than someone who eats a balanced diet every day.

                                1. re: Isolda

                                  The creepiest thing I found about cleanses was on the internet where people were swilling down montmorillonite clay and gelatin, then a couple of days later they posted a freaky thing they passed into the toilet, which was actually an inside-out mold of a normal colon, thinking that since it was white it was pure and they were CLEANSED!

                                    1. re: EWSflash

                                      That's disgusting! At least I won't be hungryand tempted to load up on pricey stuff I don't need when I do my post-blizzard shopping at Whole Foods later today.

                                      1. re: EWSflash

                                        I can only imagine what that does to the household plumbing.

                                2. re: linus

                                  People say they feel great on that "cleanse." They boast about their energy levels. If you were sipping maple syrup to keep your blood sugar up all day, you'd feel energetic too. Not for me.

                                  1. re: chicgail

                                    I suppose you could just graze your way through the neighborhood, taking a pull off of all of the hummingbird feeders and accomplish pretty much the same thing.

                                    1. re: loftissm

                                      I got a good chuckle out of this! Me? I graze on the suet ;-)

                                      1. re: loftissm

                                        Love it. Just look out for the little droppings.

                                    2. re: linus

                                      I do appreciate that it's made Grade B maple syrup more widely available. Mmmm.... Now if only we could get that tasty Grade C stuff they sell up in Quebec here in the States.

                                  2. Well, once again I'm late to the par-tay, but I was seriously puzzled by what about this could be considered worthwhile in a magazine which purports to be about actual food. Maybe they latched onto her one simple meal a day of, um, roast chicken and salad and thought, "there's the hook!"
                                    They profiled her in an issue from several years ago - she seems to be a particular darling of the editors.
                                    Who knows.

                                      1. Quick someone hold her down and give her a fried chicken and macaroni and cheese injection!

                                        It sounds like this interview would be a better fit for Self magazine along side an article about juicing and juicing recipes.

                                        But Julia is rolling over in her grave right now.

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                                        1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                          A couple of years ago they ran a series of interviews with chefs who had lost weight.

                                          http://www.bonappetit.com/search/quer...

                                          detox recipes
                                          http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/sli...

                                          1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                            Well, it would have to be an injection, because she apparently objects to chewing.

                                            Now, please pass me some of those Doritos.

                                            1. re: Isolda

                                              Here you go. I got you both Cool ranch and Nacho Cheese flavors.

                                              It freaks me out that she doesn't chew anything.

                                              1. re: Isolda

                                                Where do you get that idea?

                                                "What about real, solid food?
                                                KW: Besides almonds or granola, I don't eat a lot during the day--juicing is what gives me energy.

                                                ...

                                                What about for dinner?
                                                KW: That's the one meal I sit down to enjoy. Simple things like roast chicken and big salads, and beans, lentils, and hummus.

                                                Do you have a favorite restaurant?
                                                KW: My husband and I go to Il Fico every Friday, and I get the whole-wheat pizza. I won't eat pizza anywhere else!

                                                Read More http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandfor... "

                                            2. It's articles like this that make me glad I didn't renew my Bon Appetit subscription. The editors of the magazine have lost their minds.

                                              1. I had to read the article twice because I couldn't figure out "is this lady for real?"

                                                1. My MIL has continued my BA subscription since it was substituted for Gourmet when it quit publishing. A couple of times a year they have a great article, most of the rest of it is dull to really stupid, your case in point. I agree copmpletely. Your subject is the culinary equivalent of a crazy cat lady.

                                                  Bon Appetit has been circling the drain since the late 1980s, at least. I need to find a kind way to tell MIL to stop the subscription, it's a waste of her money, and although I cna bring it into work and set on the break room table, BA is one of those mags that I'm almost embarrassed to have associated with me.

                                                  1. maybe this was supposed to be in the Jan issue?

                                                    have you ever seen/heard this woman talk? she's like an alien so i'm not surprised that she subsists on plankton and water. really it's a bit sad and clearly she has an eating disorder along with everyone else in west hollywood. i used to go to the equinox gym in weho and everyone looked like a stick and ate nothing. i used to shop at Erewhon (where KW goes to get her filling juices) and the juice bar was lined up with stick figures waiting for their kale and beet juice.

                                                    wait, and WTF is up with the last part about her and her husband? The cosabella thong? "oooh" and "sorrry!" TMI! This has to be a joke. It really has to be. how can they publish that? are they laughing with us or at us for reading such garbage thinking it's a food magazine?

                                                    BA has really fallen south and i thought the Gwyneth Paltrow issue was bad. Hey, at least she has a cookbook and claims to eat.

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                                                    1. re: trolley

                                                      Also late to the partay but... Heather in Cosabella thong, or Jennifer Livingston in Victoria's Secret. Choose.

                                                      The writer, Alyssa Shelasky, happens to be from Brooklyn (where people also love juicing?) and is rather skinny. She's just adhering to "write what you know".

                                                      Anyway, it's hilarious an obese woman garner so much social media support while a skinny chick with decent taste (il Fico is family friendly and has serves a decent pasta) is being accused of suffering from eating disorder. Perhaps this is purely a reflection of the crowd visiting Chow.com.

                                                      1. re: TonyC

                                                        I like juicing, too, but it does not comprise the majority of my diet. For the record, my objections to this article have to do with their choosing to feature someone in a food magazine who seems to reject food, for the most part, as I suspect that there are a lot of people out there, skinny or otherwise, who have more to say about the topic. To me, it'd be like picking up my husband's rock climbing magazine and seeing an article in there about someone who tried rock climbing once and does not like it, so no longer climbs. I also voiced this opinion to the magazine, but did not hear back from them.

                                                        1. re: TonyC

                                                          decent taste? tonyc, have you SEEN the way she dresses?

                                                          1. re: TonyC

                                                            Profiling a woman with such an unhealthy relationship with food in a magazine ABOUT food is indefensible.

                                                            1. re: flourgirl

                                                              she eats a huge meal a day, she enjoys a decent restaurant, she looks healthy enough, she works out and apparently stays well hydrated. what part of that is indefensible?

                                                              You know what's truly indefensible? American's obesity rate.

                                                              1. re: TonyC

                                                                Shush! You aren't supposed to read the whole article. :)

                                                                1. re: TonyC

                                                                  There is NOTHING in that interview that says she eats a "huge meal a day". She looks horrible, there is no way she's getting proper nutrition on that diet and frankly, I find people who starve themselves to the point where they look like pieces of spaghetti to be just as uncomfortable to look at as grossly overweight people.

                                                                  And America's obesity problem is just the flip side of the same coin as people who starve themselves. NEITHER group is healthy or to be emulated. An article about someone who starves herself on a daily basis does not belong in a magazine about food.

                                                                  1. re: flourgirl

                                                                    'Huge' may be exaggerating, but I quoted the 'solid food' part of the interview earlier

                                                                    "What about for dinner?
                                                                    KW: That's the one meal I sit down to enjoy. Simple things like roast chicken and big salads, and beans, lentils, and hummus."

                                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8870...

                                                                    1. re: paulj

                                                                      Right, paulj. So you agree that Tony made something up that wasn't even in the article, used it to berate me with, and than you just had to jump on his bandwagon and tried to call me out about not reading the article, when in fact, it was obviously YOU who had not read the article.

                                                                      Maybe next time you know what you are talking about before you try to belittle people. You just made yourself look foolish.

                                                                      1. re: paulj

                                                                        did you see the picture of her in the magazine? she looks like a mannequin. i had a male roommate in college who ate only dinner. he had an eating disorder and it was quite clear. if you ever live with someone who can only eat one meal a day, you will understand how messed up it can get. it's not a day here or there of forgetting to eat bc they were so busy. it's everyday. it doesn't sound as bad as it is in real life. the only redemption is that she admits to not eating. i hate those hollywood profiles on actresses who claim to eat everything when in fact they don't.

                                                              2. re: trolley

                                                                women are condemned if they eat too much but also criticized if she doesn't eat enough. and the same could be said of men. honestly, a person who eats one meal a day whether it's at Il Fico or McDonalds has something wrong with them. but this is a food magazine not Health magazine or Vogue or Self. the questions should be about food and not what she wears to bed at night. how about what do you eat before bed? or what do you eat on a special holiday? or do you have any special treats you like to buy or make?

                                                              3. Check the Chow blog based on this thread
                                                                http://www.chow.com/food-news/134434/...
                                                                "Please, Somebody Ask Lena Dunham What She Eats"

                                                                1. Don't know why folks have such a problem with the article in BA. At the bottom of this post, I am currently looking at DIY conversation heart candy, cheesy sausage breakfast casserole, vegan macaroni and cheese, causes of death you don't want on your death certificate, and 4 bodily signs you are about to have a heart attack.

                                                                  Which makes it 60/40 food oriented.

                                                                  The side bar is Safecount survey, a video and recipe for chicken, and a site for car tech. 50/50

                                                                  Sounds like the same business plan to increase profits.

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                                                                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                    that's why I LOVE NoScript and Adblock Plus. Makes it 90/10 food-oriented, as all that shows up is Videos,, Trending Now, and "Discussions you might also like"

                                                                  2. I read it too, now that you've pointed it out. It does, indeed, almost seem like a parody. At least they only gave her one page.